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Old 09-02-2018, 04:34 PM   #1
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I live in the UK, so not having to get used to a LHD car would be great! Are these RHD Trifives super rare? Or should i just get the dash on an LHD flipped around if i want a RHD one?
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I live in the UK, so not having to get used to a LHD car would be great! Are these RHD Trifives super rare? Or should i just get the dash on an LHD flipped around if i want a RHD one?
I don't think they are rare in Australia.
It's not just flipping the dash to make a RHD, but I've heard of it being done in Australia. Parts to make the change are apparently rare. The steering box is different, firewall, steering column, shift linkage, wiring are all reversed.
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The numbers of these RHDs in Australia are now are pretty constant. More and more are coming onto the road as they get restored and fixed up – not many barn finds at all. And only seldom does one get written off.

Of the approx 2000 57 Australian RHD cars made, there would be less that half that left.

Not sure about production numbers for other RHD countries – or how many would be left. Either way, getting one to the UK would be a monster.

Then there are the LHD cars that have been converted – so that adds to the list too.

And as Don says, there is a lot to do in converting a LHD car, even if it is done cut/shut as opposed to changing out the firewall and dash. Think of the little things too like the handbrake bracket and accelerator pedal. Ask me how I know!
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Although we drive on the right hand side I`ve left my 57 left hand, not only were there no modifications but I`m that used on sitting on the LHS driving around that its second nature now.
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I've imported one LHD one to Aus and it wasn't too big a drama (though I have heard that is not always the case).

If you were looking to source a factory RHD one to ship to the UK, South Africa might be another option. They come up on Gumtree SA from time to time ( www.gumtree.co.za ).

Would you have to pay VAT? That would add a lot to the cost.

I have seen the odd occasional Trifive when I have been in the UK but no RHD ones, so you would have a rarity.

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I live in the UK, so not having to get used to a LHD car would be great! Are these RHD Trifives super rare? Or should i just get the dash on an LHD flipped around if i want a RHD one?
LHD is easy, I jump from RHD to LHD and back, no problem. There are a few RHD for sale here, plus you could try NZ.


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I believe all RHD 55-57 Chevys and Pontiacs used 55-6 Chev dashboards and have seen examples
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When you compare the Aussie $ to the English Pound it makes buying a car Downunder quite attractive
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I've imported one LHD one to Aus and it wasn't too big a drama (though I have heard that is not always the case).

If you were looking to source a factory RHD one to ship to the UK, South Africa might be another option. They come up on Gumtree SA from time to time ( www.gumtree.co.za ).

Would you have to pay VAT? That would add a lot to the cost.

I have seen the odd occasional Trifive when I have been in the UK but no RHD ones, so you would have a rarity.

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I believe all RHD 55-57 Chevys and Pontiacs used 55-6 Chev dashboards and have seen examples
I'm not sure what other markets got, but here in Australia at least Pontiacs from 1955-57 were built on the US chassis, and received the Pontiac V8, 3 speed transmission, and a right hand drive version of the 1955 Pontiac dash, not the Chevy item.

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